Thorsmork Nature Reserve
is a fun 4×4 tour to one of
Iceland’s most spectacular
Thorsmork - The Valley of Thor
A craggy valley of vast
Great photo opportunities
Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) Day Tour
“Valley of the Gods.”
After a pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavik (pick up is also available from Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur), travel southeast through the mountain pass of Hellisheiði Plateau towards the town of Hveragerdi (Flower city). A geothermal hot bed, the surrounding hills are full of active steam vents, and the town is known for its greenhouses heated by geothermal water from volcanic hot springs.
Next we will pass through the town Selfoss, which was settled by Þórir Ásason, Iceland’s first known settler, who is said to have spent the winter of 873-74 under Mt. Ingólfsfell, west of the Ölfusá River. Our next waypoint is the charming town of Hella, situated on the banks of one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland and then a short stop at Hvolsvöllur town for a coffee.
Now we turn off the ring road towards Thorsmork. You’ll get a brief glimpse of the impressive Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which you can explore on your way back. It is possible to walk up into the recess behind the thundering torrent of water. Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) is named after the Norse god Thor and deserves its reputation as the “Valley of the Gods.”
On our way to Thorsmork we will stop at the base of Gigjökull Glacier and walk to the Icefall edge. Gigjokull is one of two glacier outlets from the glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the other being Steinholtsjokull.
The 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption was close to the head of Gigjokull. Gigjokull empties out of the summit crater area at 1600 meters (5249 feet), flows across the ice cap to 1500 meters (4921 feet) and then descends in an icefall down 200 meters (656 ft). Water flowing from Gigjokull enters the Markarfljot river and eruptions in the area have caused great glacier bursts, 2010 being the latest example.
After our walk we will cross some deep rivers to get into Thorsmork (Básar) where we will have our Lunch. There you will be able to climb up Fálkhöfuð for a beautiful view over the area.
Thórsmörk is a mountain ridge in Iceland that was named after the Norse god Thor (Þór). It is situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The name “Thórsmörk” properly refers only to the mountain ridge between the rivers Krossá, Þröngá and Markarfljót, but is sometimes used informally to describe a wider area that includes the region between Thórsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull. Thórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland.
In the valley, the river Krossá winds between the mountains. The valley is closed in between glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull being at the rear end of the valley. This leads to an especially warm climate, better than in the rest of south Iceland. In the protected valley, there is green vegetation of moss, fern, birchwood and other small shrubs.
On our way back we will stop at one of my favorite places Nauthúsagil. Nauthúsgil (“Bull Shed Ravine”), which lies under the Eyjafjöll volcano, probably derives its name from an original building of a bull
shed from the farm Stóru-Mörk. Back then bulls were put out to pasture along with other non-milking stock. An outlying farm called Nauthús was later built, but abandoned in 1770. Nauthúsagil is known for the rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) that grows on its ridge and whose multiple trunks lean over the ravine, some almost horizontally. It’s an impressive sight, especially when the tree is in full bloom. Frequently, the sheep gather close to the roots, providing the rowan with fertilisation. The wood is said to be holy and it is considered bad luck to cut it. The rowan’s exact age is unknown. When its main trunk broke in 1937, the trunk and the biggest branches were cut down and carried off on eight horse carriages. Part of the trunk is now on display at the Skógar Folk Museum and when analysed, it turned out to have been over 90 years old when it broke.
Although the ravine is deep and narrow, you can walk along the river while keeping your feet relatively dry. Walk along the ravine until you come to a 2-3 metre high waterfall. You can climb the rock beside it if you want to. If you continue on your way, you come to a yet larger waterfall which is a sight to behold.
Our last stop in this adventur is Seljalandsfoss.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls and natural wonders in Iceland. The waterfall drops 60 meters and is part of the river Seljalands-river that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajokull. One of the interesting things about this waterfall is the fact that visitors can walk behind it into a small cave. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6.
Next is a quick stop at Hvolsvöllur for a coffee and head home after seeing one of the great wonders of Thorsmork (Þórsmörk)
3rd person is free
Min 2 – Max 3 persons
69.300 ISK per person
621 USD per perso
In Reykjavík / Reykjanes from hotel or guesthouse around 8:00
Pick up provided from Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Hella, Hvolsvöllur and various hotels in the area
Meals, Entrance fees
Lunch can be bought on the way.
8 – 10 hours.
May – October
Short, easy walks on the sites visited. Recommended to dress warm because the weather in Iceland can change in the matter of minutes
Bring with you:
Warm clothes, Camera, Rain clothes